I received a call on a Saturday morning from a gentleman that was in need my help. He explained that just a few days prior on a Thursday he went to Alki beach with his wife and their young granddaughter. He made note that they started out playing on the Otter statues then went a very short distance to the beach logs. He said his wife was getting some food out of a bag and had a feeling about her wedding ring. When she looked down the ring was missing. They searched all their bags, over the log and the beach sand with no idea where it went.
I arrived at Alki beach that Saturday afternoon with limited time. Being in the area already I wanted to at least do a little detecting. I also was focused on taking some photos to see if they could identify the specific log they were sitting on to narrow my search efforts. The logs run down nearly the full length of the beach. When I arrived late afternoon there was plenty of people all over and throughout the logs enjoying a bright sunny Saturday. I took several photos and texted the couple but didn’t get any response so I continued to search in-between the groups of people and some obliged and allowed me to search the area they were sitting. In the back of my mind being that Alki is very close to my daily travels I had a plan B and that was to return when I had more time to hunt later into the evening or come back in the early morning before all the beach goers starting plopping down all over the log area. These logs are very popular seating areas and always provide a wonderful view of Elliot Bay with the Seattle city scape as a back drop. I don’t blame anyone for wanting to spend some time and rest in this beautiful place. As I was about to call my search, I gave it just a little more effort and so glad I did.
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Lisa’s called me asking for assistance in fining her lost hearing aid at Alki Beach that she had just received just a few days prior. She explained that the wind had picked up a bit so she remembered placing her hoodie over her head and taking the hood off before departing and that is when she realized her left hearing aid was missing. Fortunately her new hearing aid technology came equipped with a feature to track her lost hearing aid from the application on her phone. Most likely this uses a BlueTooth technology and the app shows the signal strength of the Left and Right hearing aids respectively. She was able to confirm that the lost hearing aid was still somewhere at the beach however was not able to see it with a visual search. I agreed to assist her knowing that this app was confirming the lost hearing aid as still being on the beach so we had a very strong opportunity of a recovery.
She meet me at the beach and we reconfirmed the lost hearing aid was still in the area with her app. It actually showed the signal strength getting stronger as we got closer to the lost device. By using the tacking technology of the application and a handheld pinpointer medal detector we were able to unbury her lost haring aid. As with any other heavy item lost over a dry sandy beach the hearing aid was completely buried under the sand with only a small clear plastic bit sticking up at the surface. If only using the app and a visual search it would be very difficult to locate it. We were both very happy to have recovered this device undamaged.
If your are in the market for a pair of hearing aids or replacements seriously consider a model that supports a “Find my lost hearing aid” feature though a smart phone app! This technology has a lot of value in recovering these very expensive hearing aid devices.
Watch the recovery of the lost hearing aid from the sands of Alki Beach!
Maysoon called me having lost her platinum diamond wedding ring in the Seattle snow. After a church service she came out to help her husband add some fluid to their car before leaving. Her hands got a little messy so she bent down, grabbed some snow to rub her hands clean and then shook her hands dry. At this point she noticed her wedding ring was no longer on her finger! After a frantic search through the snow with no ring found she called me the next day after visiting TheRingFinders website. I agreed to meet her the next morning.
When I arrived early on Valentine’s Day morning the asphalt was super slippery and the piles of snow were thick blocks of ice. My detector easily sees metal through the snow however her ring was a thin band ladies platinum ring. As always I proceeded with the search cautiously and started cleaning out sections of the snow moving those closes to the metal railing further out as not to miss her ring. If it was there I would eventually find it. She told me that the parking spot she was standing on was full of snow that night the ring went missing. However the next day someone had cleared that spot and shoveled the snow into a pile leading up to a storm drain. The pile not far from the public sidewalk. I kew we had to get this ring before the snow melted as surely someone would drive over the top of it or eyeball it and no telling if it would get returned.
With several hours of searching I carefully scooped blocks of ice to the side clearing each one taking caution not to damage her ring. Half way through the snow pile I eventually got the signal I was lookin for. After a close inspection I was so happy for the lady that all of her diamonds were still fixed to the ring.
Watch how this Valentine’s Day search turned into another amazing recovery!
Marilyn contacted me to help recover her lost diamond wedding ring. In early June she was on her private dock when her dog jumped up and his paw happened to catcher her ring pulling it off her finger. This ring was customer made and has a clasp to make it easier to take on and off the finger. Apparently so easy a dog can take the ring off with ease. Marilyn remembers precisely where she was standing on the dock and the direction she was facing however she never heard the ring hitting the dock or water. He husband had helped by removing several boards from the dock in the target area and they searched for days. They even got creative by attaching a plastic basket to a long piece of wood and also a kitchen strainer and had been scooping up gobs of silt from the bottom of the lake. At one point they even had a friend with a metal detector attempting to locate the ring.
As a fist step I searched the dock with my metal detector to make certain it simply wasn’t over looked. After that I got low on the dock and searched at arms length thought the water from the opening with no success. At this point having brought all my SCUBA gear I suited up and took the plunge. Being that this was a very shallow search it was partially obstructed by the dock and we sill didn’t have an exact entry point so it make the most since to to use the SCUBA gear. Having a drysuit also made the work more pleasant. The bottom of this man made lake was full of thick silt and having the ability to remain buoyant off the silt was also an advantage. All though some visual search methods can be used most often heavy metal items are covered by the silt or obscured by plant growth so by having a high quality underwater metal detector has prove to be a key component in the recovery of these lost items under water.
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With a little work I was able to get over the top of the ring with my metal detector and make the recovery a success. Marilyn was very happy to get her ring back with all of the diamonds still securely attached.. I’m also very happy they found The Ring Finders and we were able to make yet another memorable recovery today.
I received a call from Sheila and she explained to me that she lost her diamond wedding ring in Lake Sammamish, off a private residential dock. While she was dipping her toe over the edge of the dock to check the water temperature for a swim her loose fitting wedding ring of thirty years slipped off her finger into the lake. She continued to tell me that she could see the ring glistening on the bottom. She them jumps into the lake and retrieved the ring from about thirteen feet below. She had no place to secure the ring as she didn’t want it to fall off her finger again during the swim back so she placed it into her moth.
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On her way to shore she was in about chest hight water when she started taking to her friend in the back yard when the ring slipped out of her mouth and back into the lake a second time! At this point her feet had stirred up the silt, boats going by were causing some wakes, she was getting cold and feared she might just keep steeping on the ring burying it deeper. So she noted the area and got out of the water.
She then went on line to find some professional assistance were she found me.
I agreed to assist in the recovery of her ring. Arriving with full dive gear not ever knowing exactly what to expect and how solid the information provided will be this has proven to make these missions much more successful than by simply free diving. Having the proper drysuit to keep warm and conferrable and and redundant air supplies for these types of task take a lot of other issues out of the loop. Of course SCUBA brings with it a whole other required skill set of its own to be done with proper risk management.
Sheila had told me way back in the day there was a lumber mill near the lake and many of their logs are still imbedded in the silt. She also provided a solid landmark that her feet was near one of the planks when she lost the ring the second time. These provided details greatly aided in the recovery effort by firmly marking the target zone of the search efforts.
The search took a bit of time as they sometimes do however I found the ring in the general area under water as Sheila described.
I proceeded to surprise her with the ring and she was very happy to be reunited once again.
Back in September of this year Travis and Cora reached out TheRingFinders looking for an under water search specialist to recover their lost wedding band. After a full day on the lake Cora was passing the ring to her husband when it got fumbled and fell to bottom of the lake. It was fortunately in a shallow area in what seemed to be a very simple recovery. Travis dove down several times over a course of weeks then hired a diver from the local dive shop with no success. He then found me though TheRingFinders and my first free diving attempts with my detector wound up insufficient. As the months went on I would occasionally send a note to them that I had not forgotten their lost ring in the lake as I was in the process of getting the proper dive gear and training.
Now December with the holiday season upon us, I was now fully kitted and trained enabling me to make a return visit to the lake to compete the mission. On the day of the recovery Cora and Travis were unaware that I was making another attempt. So we took the opportunity to surprise the family with an exciting ring recovery return…
Watch this video to see the exciting revel when we reunite the ring to its owners!
Noticed a post on Christmas day about some lost keys in the local area. I decided to reach out to the gentleman to gather more details and determined the keys were certainly lost in an isolated location. Rob said he didn’t even think to look for a metal detector but was glad to let me take a crack at finding his items. Day after Christmas with some snow still on the ground, I geared up in full cold weather gear and jumped into a murky mud pit to recover his work keys and a remote control. Another happy recovery made possible by the means of medal detection.
Chris was doing some yard work when his gold wedding bad got lost in the mulch. Very concerned his wife made a post to social media seeking help from anyone with a metal detector. It was a great pleasure recovering Chris’s ring and seeing it returned to his finger.
Helped a very sad boy find a very precious ring from his mother. The kids were playing frisby in the street when the ring flew off in to the neighbors yard. Made a quick appearance this dark evening to preform a search.This young man was very happy to get his ring back!